Fracta. The People Bringing Artificial Intelligence
Leadership and Team
Previously, Takashi was the co-founder & CFO of SCHAFT Inc., the humanoid robotics venture which was awarded first prize at the 2013 U.S. DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) Robotics Challenge Trials. SCHAFT was acquired by Google in the same year.
Takashi was a visiting scholar at Stanford’s US-Asia Technology Management Center. Takashi has been published in the various articles including Bloomberg, The Economist and The Financial Times. Takashi holds a B.Eng. degree in applied physics from Waseda University and a MBA from the Australian National University.
Robert is responsible for research, development and delivery of the predictive algorithms at the core of Fracta’s platform.
Robert brings experience in using data to derive actionable intelligence and designing event-driven machine learning platforms; in particular, his expertise is in probabilistic modeling of complex physical systems and geospatial statistics.
Prior to joining Fracta, he has contributed to products in a variety of domains, including precision agriculture, climate risk-analysis, and real-time indoor location systems.
Robert earned a Ph.D. in Mathematics from University of Pittsburgh.
Tomohiro is responsible for leading the development of Fracta’s data architecture and creation of the web platform, applying Machine Learning and geospatial analysis to predict the risks associated with utility pipe networks. His team, alongside product and sales, work to align technical resources and optimize the production process to ensure the timely, high-quality delivery of features and functionality.
Prior to joining Fracta, he joined Xityz Co., Ltd. as a founding member, providing IT system development and operation services. The company plans and operates “Circle Square”, groupware supporting interest groups totaling 600,000+ members. Before that, he was with IBM Japan engaging in the design, development and consultation of large-scale systems.
Tomohiro earned his MS in Information Science and Engineering and BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Tokyo.
Mollie leads strategy and development for new business opportunities in infrastructure. She is currently focused on creating partnerships and alliances among early adopters and innovators in the oil and gas business.
Prior to Fracta, Mollie worked in waterpower and agriculture. She helped launch two new waterpower industries – tidal energy and in-pipe hydropower – by reforming federal regulations, writing international standards, building relationships and educating customers. Mollie enjoys facilitating collaborative discussions, translating the technical to human terms and challenging the status quo.
Mollie is an active member of the San Francisco community. She sits on the Board of Directors of the San Francisco Parks Alliance and is on the San Francisco Symphony Junior Committee. Mollie has a BA from Hamilton College in Geology.
Eric leads the development of the Fracta platform that aims at empowering engineers with accurate and actionable information powered by AI and Machine Learning. He is responsible for identifying market opportunities, designing product features, managing production roadmaps and implementation of the platform. Eric works closely with utilities, engineering firms and individuals who are passionate about promoting data-driven decision-making process.
Prior to joining Fracta, Eric updated numerous utility master plans at engineering consulting firms. These plans focused on sustainable development of water, wastewater, stormwater and recycled water networks. Key considerations and objectives included capacity and risk assessment, climate change adaptation and mitigation measures, and emergency response after natural disasters.
Eric earned his MS degree in Environmental Engineering and Science from Stanford University and is a licensed professional engineer in California.
Dave is the CEO and co-founder of Light, a camera company making beautiful photography more accessible than ever before. Prior to co-founding Light, Dave built and led businesses that have pioneered cutting-edge technology and transformed the mobile and consumer markets. Dave was previously CEO of Vlingo, the first natural language speech recognition service for mobile phones. Vlingo provided speech recognition for the first Siri app and built Samsung’s S-Voice product— the company was acquired by Nuance Communications in 2012.
Dave began his career in the US Marine Corps where he led a unit in Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. He holds an MBA from the University of California, Berkeley.
Yoky Matsuoka grew up assuming she would become a professional tennis player, but instead earned a BS degree from UC Berkeley and a PhD from MIT in electrical engineering and computer science in the fields of Artificial Intelligence and computational neuroscience. Subsequently, she became a professor at Carnegie Mellon University, then the University of Washington, developing robotic devices for rehabilitating and assisting the human body and brain. This work led her to the MacArthur award and being named one of the Brilliant Ten by Popular Science magazine and one of the Top 10 Women to Watch in 2010 by Barbie. In late 2009, Yoky joined Google[x] as one of the three founding members before taking her position as vice president of technology at Nest. She was named CEO of a small startup, Quanttus, in 2015, and a year later joined Apple’s Health Group before returning to Nest in 2017.
Jordan Breslow is an effective and creative lawyer, collaborator and deal-maker with more than 35 years of experience guiding companies through complex, fast-moving environments.
Jordan has taught the Law of Social Enterprise at Berkeley Law School and NYU School of Law. He also taught Business Law at San Francisco State University undergraduate and graduate business programs. Jordan is also a certified mediator.
Jordan graduated summa cum laude from San Francisco State University and earned his law degree at University of California Hastings College of Law.
Takashi Kato, Co-founder, President and CEO of Fracta Inc. earned worldwide acclaim when, as CFO of SCHAFT Inc., a company developing and manufacturing humanoid robots, was acquired by Google. This marked the first time a Japanese startup in the hardware space had ever been sold to a major U.S. tech company. This afforded Takashi the opportunity to embark on his biggest mission yet – solving some of the world’s greatest challenges through the application of Artificial Intelligence.
What separates Takashi Kato from so many others is his higher understanding of technology, business and people. In the spirit of Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak, he firmly believes “all odds can be overcome when the right people are brought together.”
Takashi and Lars set out to assemble the sharpest minds in Artificial Intelligence, advanced mathematics, physics, engineering, computer science and geographical information systems. Their company, Fracta Inc., located in Silicon Valley, is a haven for some of today’s top thinkers in their respective fields.
“We soon realized that in-situ was not the path to advancing our mission. Instead, we saw that our collective strength allowed us to achieve something nobody else could. If we could digitize an entire infrastructure, we would then be able to create and apply artificial intelligence software to predict the likelihood of failure (LOF) with remarkable accuracy. In 2017, Fracta Inc. became an independent corporation. Our sole focus today is the asset management of aging infrastructures through the application of Artificial Intelligence.”
Kurita Water Industries, Ltd. strategically invested in Fracta, acquiring the majority of the shares of Fracta, Inc. but leaving the Fracta name and management intact.
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